UFC wanted Miller vs. Nurmagomedov, Cerrone vs. Diaz 2 in Atlantic City

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

It appears the the UFC Fight Night: Atlantic City headlining bout between Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller was not the UFC's first choice for that show.

While many fans are thrilled about the UFC Fight Night: Atlantic City main event bout between Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller, it looks like the UFC was hoping to make two other matchups instead of this one. According to MMA Junkie, Khabib Nurmagomedov would have been in the main event if the promotion got their way, but he had to turn down the fight. Why? Nurmy's manager Mike Constantino explained:

"We were never offered an opponent but were just asked to fight on that date. At that time, I informed the UFC that it was Ramadan and that Khabib would be unavailable."

The UFC was also looking to book Cerrone in a rematch against Nate Diaz, but the article states that they couldn't get a hold of Diaz personally to offer him the fight. His manager Mike Kogan dismissed that claim however:

"Nobody called me about a Cerrone fight," Kogan said. "I’m not ignoring anybody. I’m pretty sure in my job description it says, ‘Don’t ignore calls and texts related to people you represent.'"

So with those two fighters out of the way, we got the next best thing - a bout  between Cerrone and Miller. It's interesting to see how these things work out sometimes. In regards to Nurmagomedov, his manager stated that he'll get back to training full-time when Ramadan ends, which is July 28th this year, and he's looking to fight in late August or early September.

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